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A Favorite Thing

Posted August 8, 2015 by D. K. Holm


A few Xmases ago, I had the unusual pleasure of meeting some Von Trapps. The two sisters and a brother were at a large festive party with much singing, and I ended up talking to them about the recently broadcast live version of Sound of Music on NBC. No, they didn’t get any money for… More

Webcast #151 – 2015

Posted August 7, 2015 by D. K. Holm

Posters from some of this and next week's movies

Among those films discussed this week are the animated movie Shaun the Sheep, the thrillers Dark Places and The Gift; Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall; and the documentaries Best of Enemies and Cobain: Montage of Heck.

Webcast #150 – 2015

Posted July 30, 2015 by D. K. Holm


This week the full panel discuss the new thriller Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, the documentary Lego: A Brickumentary, the dramatization The Stanford Prison Experiment, the doc I Am Chris Farley, and the continuing Paul Thomas Anderson retro with his Boogie Nights, and two of his favorite films, Jackie Brown, and I Am Cuba, plus elsewhere… More

What Is a Film?

Posted July 25, 2015 by D. K. Holm

The BFI's new book on Chaplin's The Gold Rush

Continuing with its series of films released in the middle of a decade, the BFI Film Classics series leaps from The Birth of a Nation in 1915 to Charles Chaplin’s The Gold Rush in 1925. Though obviously there were many films in between (most of them now lost), the leap in technique and story clarity… More

Webcast #149 – 2015

Posted July 24, 2015 by D. K. Holm

This week's posters

Our trio today examines Pixels, the new Adam Sandler comedy; Unexpected, the feel-good pregnancy tale; the YA dramatization Paper Towns; and the true crime documentaries 3 1/2 Minutes Ten Bullets and Murder in the Park; and the documentary Do I Sound Gay?; and finally a look at the Paul Thomas Anderson retrospective.

Webcast #148 – 2015

Posted July 17, 2015 by D. K. Holm

This week's movies in an easy format

This week, a trio of talkers discuss the new comedy Trainwreck; the Sherlock pastiche Mr. Holmes; the revenge drama Lila & Eve; a film shot wholely on a telephone, Tangerine, the 1924 restored documentary Epic of Everest; the contemporary documentary Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case; and the new BFI monograph on 1925’s Chaplin film, The Gold Rush.

The Shame of a Nation

Posted July 12, 2015 by D. K. Holm


As an observer of the movie world for many years, I’ve always found three subjects to be the least interesting: the Academy Awards, the red scare years or the blacklist, and censorship. These were subjects of sociological interest, not aesthetic. Magazines and academia seemed to thing we were more interested in these aspects of movies than… More

Webcast #147 – 2015

Posted July 10, 2015 by D. K. Holm

Cartel Land, Minions, and Gemma Bovary posters

Today, the team takes on Minions, the Flaubert-inspired Gemma Bovary, the documentary Cartel Land and the Nicole Kidman vehicle Strangerland, the Leon Russell documentary A Poem Is a Naked Person, the rap history Rebel Kings, the British heritage WWI tale Testament of Youth, and Sweden’s You, the Living Later in the show we discuss (competing) podcasts. Here are the links: The snark-fest We… More

Webcast #146 – 2015

Posted July 6, 2015 by D. K. Holm


A short-staffed trio discuss Magic Mike XXL, Terminator: Genysis, and Aloft.

Webcast #145 – 2015

Posted June 26, 2015 by D. K. Holm


Among this week’s films are the comedy sequel Ted 2, the historical drama A Little Chaos, the millennial comedy The Overnight, Max (about a dog with PTSD), Fresh Dressed, about hip hop fashion, the Israeli comedy The Farewell Party, and Escobar: Paradise Lost, about the drug kingpin.  

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